Uncertainty remains over same-sex spousal benefits in Texas, while other LGBT rights are coming under attack on the federal level by the Trump administration.

The fight over whether the city of Houston can offer same-sex spousal benefits is being played out in the case Pidgeon v. Turner, Scott M. Wich, an attorney with Clifton Budd & DeMaria LLP in New York City writes in the Society for Human Resource Management blog.

The Texas Supreme Court has directed both parties in the case to return to the trial court to litigate whether the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the unconstitutionality of state Defense of Marriage Acts in the case, Obergefell v. Hodges, means that states that had such laws are now required to provide employment benefits to same-sex spouses.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.